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T'Wolves Sign On Szczerbiak


The Minnesota Timberwolves signed first-round draft pick Wally Szczerbiak on Monday to a three-year deal worth $6.5 million.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Miami of Ohio was the sixth player taken in the draft. He was to make his debut with the Timberwolves on Monday night against the Phoenix Suns in the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City.

The agreement includes a team option for a fourth year at $2.9 million.

"We are pleased to have Wally on board," said Flip Saunders, Timberwolves general manager and head coach. "He's a smart player and a solid shooter. We feel he can contribute immediately."

Szczerbiak recently played for Team USA, which won the gold medal at the Tournament of the Americas to qualify for the 2000 Olympics. He averaged 3.4 points per game on 50 percent shooting.

The 22-year-old forward led Miami to the NCAA's round of 16 as a senior, scoring a career-high 43 points in a first-round win over Washington. He was named a second team All-America by The Associated Press.

The Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., native was a unanimous choice as the Mid-American Conference's player of the year this season after averaging 24.2 points per game, third in the country. He finished as Miami's second all-time leading scorer with 1,847 points, behind Ron Harber.

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